The National Archives Labs

Valuation Office map finder

Use this tool to identify and order Valuation Office Survey maps of England and Wales from 1910 to 1915. Our Catalogue contains descriptions of nearly 50,000 Valuation Office Survey maps and this innovative tool provides a simple way to identify and order a map without having to visit The National Archives. The process previously required a complex, multi-stage onsite search.

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The maps are Ordnance Survey maps covering the whole of England and Wales, but please bear in mind that records do not survive for all places.

The maps serve as the means of reference to more than 95,000 Valuation Office Field Books which contain descriptions of more than 9 million individual houses, farms and other properties, detailing the use and value of lands and buildings, and naming their owners and occupiers.
Please note that Valuation Office Field Books can only be viewed at The National Archives.

For more information on the Valuation Office Survey, its history, contents and how to access its information see the research guide Valuation Office Records: the Finance (1909-1910) Act.

Please let us know what you think by leaving your comments below. We’d like you to tell us:

  • Do you find this tool useful?
  • How would you use it for your research?
  • What other TNA data would you like to see used in this way?
  • How else would you use this technology?
  • How do you think it could be improved?

Comments (139)

  • Gemma

    As the maps don’t cover the whole of the UK, it would be good to try and show what the coverage is up front. At the moment the default view is a part of the country that isn’t covered.

  • Ruth

    Agree with Gemma that we should be clear about what is covered so far and what will be rolled out next, maybe even give a full timetable?
    Big thumbs up for this tool – it took about a minute to find and order up the map I wanted, thanks!

  • David

    I agree with what has been said above. I was unable to find any tab referring to the maps for Strichen which TNA hold. It is difficult to find places that no longer exist on the current maps (eg the Woolwich Aresnal)and those places which in 1910-1915 didn’t exist (eg 0the Belmarsh Prison). If this could be explained it would be useful.

  • Andrew

    We don’t hold any Valuation Office maps for Strichen because it’s in Scotland. (The text says clearly that these maps only cover England and Wales and that not all of the maps survive.) The research guide (see the link above) includes contact details for the National Archives of Scotland, which holds the Scottish ones.

    The central London maps are at a different scale (1:1056) from those used for other parts of the country but, as far as I can tell, this is the only area that isn’t yet covered that needs to be.

    I find this tool very user-friendly. It should be a great help to us in the reading rooms.

  • Alexandra

    Useful tool! One obvious improvement would be postcode searching, particularly for inner-city areas or isolated farms where local names may not appear on the modern map. e.g. a search for ‘Little London’ generates a long hitlist of possible selections, but it didn’t include the small inner Leeds area I was seeking.

    It may be worth noting that this tool is likely to spark particular interest from Yorkshire, where the Valuation Office maps and books of reference(both local and TNA copies) are frequently used to obtain a property owner’s name as a starting point for tracing house histories through the Yorkshire Registries of Deeds. The next demand is bound to be digitised copies of the maps linked to the relevant map square, and… The possibilities are pretty endless. Could some of the work be crowdsourced (eg geo-referencing the maps cf http://maps.nypl.org/)?

    Finally, I’m not sure that the relationship of ‘Additional Maps covering this area’ to the primary search result is sufficiently clear if you are not very knowledgeable about how map scales work – could this be explained somewhere?

  • Alexandra

    p.s. just found the ‘understanding maps scales’ page, which addresses my last comment, but can it be more clearly linked from the search results?

  • Ian

    This is a very useful tool, although as already mentioned a Postcode search would be a big enhancement. I also think ability to zoom to finer detail could be of use, but presume this may be limited by what OS map levels are readily available.
    For an extra usuful side effect, I have also been able to use this a a short-cut into MAF 73 maps which are also catalogued by the same OS county map numbers – a possible futue enhancement would be to give all related document reference for any maps covering an area (tithe maps would be particulalrly useful since they are less obviously arranged)

  • Audrey Collins

    Great resource, I used it with great success last week, but today when I clicked on ‘Get started’ it took me to the box to choose a place, on an otherwise blank screen, and then froze.

  • Matt

    @Ian – Watch this space: dedicated NFS (MAF 73) grids are already in the pipeline… As is the possibility of postcode searching…

    @Audrey – Apologies. I believe you may have encountered the temporary hiatus whilst the mapping service was being upgraded recently

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  • John Gasson

    I think this is going to be very useful, even more so if it could be expanded to cover all OS maps held.

    On a general note, your comments might be clearer if there was some way of indicating those made by TNA staff working on the project.

  • Anthony Morris

    This will certainly be a very useful tool especially if villages and hamlets could be included.

  • Dianne

    I put in the name of my home town, was given a few options in another box, entered appropriately – but nothing happened. At the bottom of the page there is an error message.

  • Judith

    Useful for identifying OS sheets, and as Alexandra has said, the next step would be digitising the maps themselves – obviously a huge task! Would it be possible to show examples of the Valuation Office maps so those unfamiliar with the series have an idea of the content, and also an index showing the coverage of the maps?

  • Else Churchill

    Potentially a good resource but I’m having the same problems as reported before. I’m taken to the box to fill in location and then the blank sreen freezes.

  • Sue

    Couldn’t get it to go to my chosen location?

  • Ruth - The National Archives

    Users who are experiencing technical problems, please ensure that Javascript is enabled. If issues persist, please do let us know.

  • Dusty

    I had the same problem described by Sue, Else and others above. I have java installed. I’m using Internet Explorer 8 so tried selecting ‘compatibility view’ from the tools menu and that seemed to work.
    Some Qs about the app:
    How will the maps be delivered and in what format/medium?
    How much will they cost?
    How do they differ from the maps held at CROs?
    Any plans to digitise the Valuation Office Field Books too? Obviously it would make the whole app a lot more useful.

  • Gill

    I had the problem of a frozen screen as noted above. I am using IE8 and windows 7 and have java enabled and tried Dusty’s tip of runningin compatibility mode and that worked. Apart from that I think it is a very useful tool. Would like it if the field book references could eventually be linked to the map refs. I use it in local history research.

  • R Canham

    Would love to see any photographs or valuation maps, but all I get is a blank screen in the box provided! When I put in a place name it is not recognised, when I put just a County, it comes up with further options which you can select on, but even after selection still get nothing in the large box!! What am I doing wrong??

  • PER Oxon

    We are researching the possibility of publishing Oxfordshire’s District Valuation maps on the web, so it’s interesting to see this application.

    Is the old County map grid layer something you developed at TNA or is it an OS layer? Access to use it would be helpful to us.

    Disappointing not to see any DV map images – as we are only working with the maps for one county we hope to offer the facility to view a JPG of the map and link to the relevant index book etc. This is a substantial undertaking for just one county, so nationally it would be huge. However, it might be useful to consider a national standard for scanning DV maps so that adjoining counties could eventually share/ pool data.

    Incidentally, I searched for “Claydon” in north Oxfordshire, and the resulting map reference describes the map as belonging to part of Northamptonshire. But the DV map is in the Oxfordshire Record Office. Confusing county boundary changes I presume?

  • Helen

    I wanted to test out the ordering, but as a regular user at TNA, my email address is already “registered”; yet I do not have an “account”. I subsequently went round and round in the ordering pages with error messages telling me that my email was already registered and that I should sign in and when I tried that all I got was an error message. So some bugs there I think.

    My further question is this – will the reprographics deparment automatically copy the whole sheet? They are bigger than AO I think. How do you tell them only to copy an A4 corner including specific fields or roads?

  • Marion

    I cannot get any search results. Using IE8 I get a message “error on page” and using Firefox all I see is a blank box. I have seen the comment about Javascript, but as a non-techie how do I find out if it is enabled on my computer?

  • Marion

    Please ignore previous message. I have tried again and have been able to make successful searches using Firefox.
    I would now like to know if the Valuation Office maps are in monochrome or have any colour on them. Also, will the related infromation from the surveys be made available via online searches?

  • Deborah Tilley

    The first time I used it, everything worked fine. This time, on clicking the ‘get started’ box, nothing happens. Gremlins?

  • Liz

    I also had problems viewing until I read the previous comments and activated the ‘compatability view’.
    I go with the other suggestions made and also could we have a ‘hand’ tool to be able to move the map to search the borders of the view.

  • Len Griffin

    Select Get Started (Orange Box) or Get Started (as underlined) presented screen in new window.
    enter Location “London” click “Go” presented box “Choiose one of the options”
    Selected arrow for options list
    Selected “London, City of London, CITY” or
    “London Apprentice, Cornwall, OTHER”
    NOTHING OBVIOUS PRESENTED
    Click “+” (arrows and “-” gave no response)
    Got map of East Ord (Berwick-upon-Tweed)

  • ianwi

    Worked fine first time, but get started link broken on second attempt to search.

  • Chris Willis

    For Yateley, (in Hampshire) this gives various reasonable options, but picking one seems not to go anywhere. Running IE8 on a new Acer with XP. using the zoom tool goes to the NE (Northumberland or somewhere).

    This seems to address (if it worked) a problem that is reasonably easy to cope with using modern maps to get a OSGR, then using the coordinate converter. And fibally the catalogue to find the reference. I was actually looking for the photographs.

  • Ron Lambert

    Using IE8
    Selected Crowhurst
    Then option

    Nothing happens – disappointed

  • Sarah

    Great, but there are some errors in the references, eg Powerstock in Dorset – reference is wrong. Is this a one off or is there a glitch in the system?
    But in general, this is a great advance, and gives all the references for different scaled maps.

  • Matt

    I received a quote for a map in Buckinghamshire… 19.70 per map… not sure what to do now.

    However, very good tool and very useful.

  • Emma

    I tried to find a reference for Maryport, Cumberland and it didn’t work – there were some blue gridlines on the screen and anything outside the gridlines didn’t work.

  • Michael

    Typed in Whickham – came back with 4 suggestions in the drop down. Tried to choose each one individually nothing happened.

    Tried IE, Firefox + Chrome

  • Rosie in Sussex

    Nice to have a map from this period of time. Would be nice to have the valuation records to go with it :-)

  • Chris Willis

    Hi

    doesn’t even get a map now.

    It wd seem that I have javascript enabled as
    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm works.

    Chris W

    Webpage error details

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    Timestamp: Thu, 5 Aug 2010 15:39:51 UTC

    Message: Invalid argument.
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    URI: http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/openspace.js?key=85EBEA79FC703A32E0405F0ACA601F58

    Message: ‘osMap’ is null or not an object
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    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/js/maps.js

  • Chris Peat

    I can’t get the maps to open. I put a place name in and select the county from the drop down box but each time it shows up ERROR at the bottom of the page. I have copied the error below. Have tried RAMSBOTTOM, EDENFIELD, ROSSENDALE all in lancashire – no joy.

    Webpage error details

    User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729)
    Timestamp: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 18:42:27 UTC

    Message: Invalid argument.
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    Code: 0
    URI: http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/osmapapi/openspace.js?key=85EBEA79FC703A32E0405F0ACA601F58

    Message: ‘osMap’ is null or not an object
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    Char: 5
    Code: 0
    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/js/maps.js

    Message: ‘osMap’ is null or not an object
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    Message: ‘osMap’ is null or not an object
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    Message: ‘osMap’ is null or not an object
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    URI: http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/maps/js/maps.js

  • Janice Bridger

    Selected an option from the drop down menu after typing in ‘kintbury’ – nothing happens whether I press the ‘Go’ button or enter on my computer. Is something basic missing? Should be a very useful site but if the basics are not working, it is obviously useless & a waste of momey

  • Guy

    Very useful tool. How do you report errors? I searched for Bembridge in the Isle of Wight – chose from the dropdown Bembridge, Other which says that OS = Hampshire 9 6 8 and gave me the catalogue reference none at 1:2500 (which gave me an error when I clicked on it). It should read Hampshire 96 8

    The National Archives reply:

    Hi Guy, thanks very much for your comments – your feedback has been passed on to the team. We don’t yet have a specific system for users to report errors, but this is a good idea and one we’ll be looking at in later iterations.

  • John Feast

    Isn’t it time we had some specific response to the fundamental problems that still seem to exist and which have prevented myself and others from getting anything meaningful out of this potentially very useful tool.
    I’m sorry but this doesn’t match my understanding of ‘beta testing’. You have to have something that actually works before you can do that.

    The National Archives reply:

    Hi John, The problem with the mapping system and IE8 is a priority for us, and we are working on alternatives – as soon as we have a definite solution, this will be posted. For now, the application will work in IE8 compatibility mode; we know this is far from ideal and apologise for the inconvenience.

  • John Feast

    Thanks for your suggestion. It now works fine.
    For those like me who had no idea what Compatability View meant click on Tools in IE8 and then Compatability View Settings and then put nationalarchives.gov.uk in the add box and then press Close
    Thanks again

  • JILL

    Wonderful to have more data online from the National Archives. However, I find sites are often tiresome to use because the links take you rambling round further information and background ABOUT the site rather making it clear how to get straight to the point. i.e. with a “Search” link. [In this case, when you finally reach the Valuation Office Survey, “Get started” allows you to search, but it could easily be more information again. The word “Search” would be simpler and clearer and it would be really helpful if it appeared upfront for all databases at their first mention anywhere in the TNA site (even for experimental pages). “Read more” is at least clearly an info page, but it would be nice to be able to skip it. We have often read all we need from some other source. Also, how about moving the “Leave a comment” box to the top of the column of comments rather than the bottom. It is going to take people longer and longer to find it! That said, I am a huge fan of TNA.

  • Andy Sharman

    I am really impressed with this tool. Very timely for me as I am researching my Paternal Great Grandfather’s family and I have some information relating to where they lived, but the Valuation Maps will really help (and going to visit the archive would be a bit of a mission for me). I have a couple of small suggestions for improvement of the tool:
    1. It would help if it was easier to explore the areas above/below and left/right of the section that gets shown (e.g. navigation arrows to move the display or some form of grab and drag on the map).
    2. A direct link on the map to the catalogue would also be helpful.
    This tool is a great innovation – thank you!
    Andy

  • Chris Willis

    Hi

    this is now starting to work from home. (Previously it failed on my home PC).

    There is a problem where there are several possible answers. The system only offers one. Eg Darby Green/Frogmore in NE Hants shows as a Berkshire sheet. This may be relevant to a narrow northern slice (not extending to the NW corner). The vast majority is on the coterminous Hants sheet.

    I found no way to access the overlapping Surrey sheet.

    Chris Willis

  • Ian Friel

    This will be an very useful source for people researching house histories and wider community history. Also, as someone who lives in one of the areas for which the original documents apparently no longer survive, it would be helpful to see how far the ‘blank’ parts of the map extend.

  • Sally Franklin

    I have just tried to find the road that I live
    in which was hit by WW11 bombs as were the flats that I live in.
    But I was told by the error message
    “This place does not exist or to retyped it”
    But I’ve found it on other TNA sites, odd

    The National Archives reply:

    Hi, We’re sorry that some of you had problems searching this morning – the site has been so popular that we experienced a few technical difficulties. But we’ve now made some changes so it should be working more smoothly. We hope you keep checking back for new applications and upgrades.

  • Carol Anne Pritchard

    I typed in Stowey and got a dropdown box and chose Stowey farm,Somerset.It came up with a map.I then went back and tried Sutton Court-no response except not spelt right.Tried Stowey and Stowey Farm agaain @No record’ There is obviously an intermittent problem.Also can one not see streets on the detailed maps as I am also looking for Drewton street in Bradford 1914.

  • Bob G

    Am I missing something – I can’t access a map – I only access data that tells me about a map and where I can get it in the TNA – what would be useful would be to view the map itself. Are they digitised please?

  • Derek Turner

    Tried it in response to email from TNA today. Doesn’t work with Mac (Leopard) and Firefox (3.6.8) Tried several places including some mentioned by others as working but got same message that place does not exist.

    I think TNA should wait a bit and do more work on the site before advertising it.

    The National Archives reply:

    We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties today due to the high volume of users, but have made some changes so it should be working more smoothly. Sorry for the problems you encountered, and we hope you check back and try again.

  • Elizabeth

    This will be a wonderful tool which I am sure I will use often. However, at the moment for ALL the places I have put in a message says “place cannot be found”. Am I doing something wrong I wonder?

    The National Archives reply:

    We’re sorry for the problems you’ve experienced, we were having technical difficulties due to user volume, but have made some fixes so everything should be working now. Apologies again, and we hope you use and enjoy the applications. Please do leave us more feedback.

  • Nigel Bradley

    In principle a very good idea but at this moment very frustrating! I echo many of the sentiments described above. I tried 4 Yorkshire towns and cities to no avail. London areas might work? No they didn’t….or am I doing something wrong?

    The National Archives reply:

    Sorry, you’re definitely not doing anything wrong! We had technical problems this morning due to the site’s popularity, but have made some changes so it all should be working smoothly again. Please do check back and let us know what you think.

  • Andrew

    Speaking as someone who has used the mas at TNA and struggled to find the correct one i think it will be a great boost to the finding aids, the glitches are here to be ironed out and since i looked at the site in late July the resuts have been getting better and better, although there is a high tendancy to not let me see the address i list streight away, but i understand this is due to the high traffic visiting the site.

  • Liz

    I am looking for a farm that no longer exists, so although I can find the village on the current map I cannot look around for the farm which has no clue to its exact location in the census returns. I would also like a tool that meant I could ‘grab’ the map and navigate around that way.

  • John Lionel Barnard

    Have tried puttung in various addresses / locations in London without success.

    Initially, I think it would be a good tool for my research as I know of streets and buildings that my father referred to, which no longer exist and would help to fill some gaps in the basics of my family’s lives, including the street on which I was born, which went through a name change.

    I would also like to be able to use this mapping tool to find out more about the Puublic House that I was born in.

    Hopefully, when working properly, there may be more detail when you are abe to zoom in the map properly to get mor of an idea of street names and building outlines.

  • Ian

    Can you advise how the maps held at Kew compare to those held in County Record Offices (in my case Cambridgeshire- Huntingonshire)?
    The local maps are originals, but even with different coloured inks etc. can be very difficult/impossible to read where there are many owners in a very confined area. Also noted several errors and omissions.
    Are the locally held maps rough drafts, and yours fair copies?

  • peter Levarre-Waters

    Had a quick “play”, looks great, but could be allot clearer on “what” you need to click on and “what” you can get, perhaps a little slide show/instruction video or example (like they do on PPV sites) would be of help to us tech challenged, also remembering many users will be in other countries

  • Dell Foster

    I chose a Bristol City map. It wasn’t the area within Bristol that I am researching but as streets weren’t named, it wouldn’t have been any use to me anyway. We need a larger scale within towns, with the names of streets.

  • Sandra

    Land valuation survey for Kenninghall.
    The computer gave map reference
    IR127/6/701 wbich did not have the property reference on it. With help I orfered IR127/9/636 which was the map I needed.

  • Roger Taylor

    I was very pleased to see the Valuation Office tool. My attempts in the map room in the past have been a bit frustrating. Using the tool I have now found that Shrewsbury 34.10 has got 1:500 maps although out of the 25 maps only 13 are available. I have looked at 5 & 9 and worked out I need 10 which is missing. Is it possible to find the field books for 10 using field book imformation from maps 5 & 9?

    Webmaster reply:

    Thanks for your feedback. Where The National Archives does not hold a particular map sheet, it is worth trying the local record office, which may have a working copy of the map. These working maps generally bear the same manuscript plot or hereditament numbers as the Record Maps at The National Archives, enabling access to the Field Books. These handwritten numbers must be from the right map ie for the place you are seeking, since numbering for each place started from 1, of course; the same plot numbers on adjacent maps are not likely to relate to the same actual place.

  • T. L. Compton

    I would like to be able to manipulate map to center on specific area. For example, I was interested in farms just outside village of Llanigon, Brecon but they were off the edge of the map displayed on screen. I could not figure out how to get coordinates because of this.

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for flagging up this issue. This application is still in development and we are working to improve its functionality. Our users’ feedback is really important to this process and informs our updates and improvements. We hope you try again and let us know what you think.

  • Chris Willis

    Despite the list of maps on the startup page, Frogmore (Hants 2) still has single maps mostly pointing to the wrong county.

    By moving further into the county, the correct sequence can be identified and extrapolated. The actual reference wd need looking up in Procat (or whatever it is called now).

    Chris W

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for your comment, Chris. This is a good example of the mapping overlap between counties at their borders. Each county was surveyed and mapped independently, often each on a different central meridian. There is usually no neat distinction at county boundaries, and this is a case in point: Frogmore thus appears on each of Hants 12 4, Berks 49 4 and Surrey 15 6. It would be worth looking at all three to see which one bears the relevant VOS plot numbering.

  • Chris Willis

    Totally broken today. I just get an OS map 1:50k

    CW

  • Andrew

    As someone who has used the maps at TNA and struggled with finding the map i wanted, and actually got out 4 maps before i got the right one, this series of maps is a god-send, well done the team..

  • Elizabeth

    Will the entire original Domesday book ever be digitized and available on websites such as this? Thank you.

  • Chris Willis

    That’s better.

    It is now possible to distinguish between counties with different grid lines. Eg you can distinguish between Surrey and Berkshire, or between Surrey and Hampshire. The software selects the northeasternmost rectangle containing the reference.

    This scheme still leaves it impossible to select which county a point is in near a boundary between counties whose map edges are colinear. Thus it is still impossible to select the Hampshire map for Darby Green, which is part of the Yateley IR parish.

    I have attempted to assign parishes to points by using a multicoloured overlay, just selecting the colour for the point with a one-to-one correspondence to the parishes. You might want to do the same. For counties you will not need more than 255 colours, which was a slight problem for me.

    Chris W

  • EveM

    I would have preferred that maps closer to 1912 were used, as distinct from current maps. For those of us researching areas which have undergone much change the modern maps are more difficult to work with.

  • George

    I thought the valuation maps related to 1910-1915, but when I search for Newton Abbot I get a map that appears to be drawn within the last 20 years. My estate (Aller Park) is shown which was only built in the last 25-30 years. Am I doing something wrong?

  • Jeremy

    I found this very useful & a great timesaver.
    It would be very useful if the larger scale maps were also available to show the actual plot numbers – especially for inner city areas where you sometimes need to order 2/3 different sheets to identify the plots before you can order the actual valuation documents. It would greatly cut down on the nmber of maps required for issue in the reading room. (Plus allowing us to work this out at home in advance) (I orderd 15 maps today to identify 8 plots then ordered the original valuation books

  • Chris Willis

    If you go to Thames Ditton and click on the railway station, two maps are offered.

    I think it wd be better if the catalogue opened in browse mode from the links. The salient feature is the district (in this case, I feel pretty certain, the alternative is the right map). The district does not show in the rather stark extract given by the link.

    Chris Willis

  • nn

    Looks like a modern map to me, not a 1910 map.
    Which sheets are available and which aren’t?
    Map is also centred on Westminster, and I can’t zoom out to see all of England.

  • Frank Shannon

    Hello,
    Can you say why a major area such as Birkenhead and local Wirral spots do not have any maps.
    Thanks

    The National Archives reply:

    Frank – thanks for your interest. Records do not survive for all places. During the Second World War, a number of District Valuation Offices, where the records were then held, suffered hits from enemy bombing, so our holdings of records are not complete. Areas known to be affected were: Liverpool, Birkenhead and most of the Wirral, Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Chichester, Coventry. In addition to these, many records for Basildon were destroyed by a fire in the District Valuation Office; this fire may account for the lack of records for Chelmsford town and surrounding area, which may have been stored at Basildon.

  • john

    Agree with others that up front idea of which areas not covered by maps – most of central london seems to be missing & advice on when site will be complete BUT that said, very useful tool. Well done

  • Chris Willis

    I am pretty sure it worked in the past, but now I can only get one set of maps.

    Eg, select Darby Green. Scroll down so that the West most Surerey map shows. I found no way to select it. I always selected one of the overlapping Hants or Berks maps (which start from the same origin)

    Chris W

  • Chris Willis

    Possible improvement in valuation map finder.

    This improvement is relevant to county edges.

    Currently the map finder gives a map box entirely on the coordinates relative to the incident sheet sets. It is sometimes impossible to select a particular box in a particular set.

    It wd be useful if the s/w first determined the county of the selected point, and then determined the right map of the right set.

    The counties concerned are clearly pre-1973.

    I do not know if you have mechanism for determining county, but the data set required is probably not vast.

    Chris Willis

  • Chris Willis

    The comments next page number “3″ doesn’t work properly. Problem can be sidestepped using “next 25″.

    Using “3″ straight off shows only part of the final message, and that is overlapping the “leave a comment” area.

    Explorer 8.0.6001.18702

    Chris W

    Webmaster reply:

    Chris – thanks for your feedback and for alerting us to the problem. We will certainly look into fixing this – it may be a browser issue. We hope you continue to use the tools on Labs and give us your valued comments.

  • Maureen Lister

    Nothing happens at all when I click on get started.

    The National Archives reply:

    Thank you for your comment Maureen. Could you please give us some more information so that we can help you – when you clicked on ‘Get started’, did a blank window pop up, or did nothing happen at all?

  • Maureen Lister

    It’s working for me today! However, so far I’ve not been able to find anywhere that gives a catalogue reference. Can you give me a clue as to where I might find one?

    The National Archives reply:

    Hi Maureen, I’m glad it’s working now. In the new search results, the Catalogue reference is simply called ‘Reference’. You will find this under ‘Collection’ and ‘Date range’. I hope this helps.

  • Chris Willis

    apropos my suggestion for improvement, it would be more approprate to find the correct taxation office for the precise position. I do not know if any taxation office spans more than one county, but I hope, maybe not.

    This will sort out where the same map appears under two (or perhaps more) tax offices, as well as incidentally the county problem.

    This is slightly fraught, because occasional properties are considered under the wrong tax office.

    Chris W

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for your further feedback Chris – this is all really helpful for our continuing development and improvement of this application.

  • Chris Willis

    Apropos decing which area a given point is in, I have found https://www.census.ac.uk/guides/Boundary.aspx#4 which discuses digital boundary sets. I doubt they have the 1911 tax office boundaries, but they may well have a county set that fits reasonably. Chris W

  • Chris Willis

    hm

    I don’t think much of the colour used for web addresses!

    Chris W

  • Chris Willis

    Is my 5th May comment really the last in this area?

    Much improved address linl colour!

    Selecting all the map outlines near a county boundary seems to work now, though not totally intuitively.

    Haven’t noticed any means of selecting amongst maps with a common outline, but in different county sets.

    There still seems to be a problem selecting comments by number. Next/Previous 25 seems ok.

    Chris W

  • n w alcock

    Could the Valuation Map finder be enabled to open in a new Tab rather than solely opening in a new window

  • vincent

    IR 129/2/187 (Warwickshire XXVIII 2) maked as ‘unfit for production’

    Is it worth visiting TNA?

  • Chris Willis

    Bit puzzled why 1:2500 sheets in Bromley District are shown, despite there being none in the relevant class (with an associated duff link). Slightly further out Kent sheets are used at properly linked.

  • Peter Butler

    Can the finder be made to be compatible with the Firefox browser

  • graham

    I used the valuation office map finder for my home village of Northowram in West Yorkshire which is coverd by four OS maps. Two, ref.134/2/200 and 134/6/3 were alright, but 134/6/3 covers an area called Wyke and 134/2/88 only covers part of the OS map. I was advised that valuation map for the area not covered probably does not exist. Is it possible to confirm that last point and is there an error with regard to the Wyke map.
    Having found the assessment numbers for some properties in Northowram I could not find the Field Books because Northowram does not appear to be listed although it appears in the general index under Halifax which I checked without success. I realise this is not an issue for LABS but would appreciate some advice.

  • James

    This is Very interesting! I think an app for this would be great!
    James

  • Michael Alpert

    Found the map and the street, but where is the number with the IR prefix ?

  • David

    You really should say the map reference and rectangles shown are are for Ordnance Survey County Series maps at 1:2500.

    ‘County Series’ is needed to distinguish them from 1:2500 National Grid versions.

  • Chris Beney

    Would love a link to the associated Inland Revenue surveyors’ notebooks. Even a link to where they are to be found would help.

    AND would love high resolution at least 600dpi on-line versions.

  • john

    very good for finding map ref nos,only wish i could see field books online.

  • PEGGY ROWE

    I have put in Lewannick Cornwall. Told it was not found and to check spelling. Tried Polyphant Cornwall. Told not found and to check spelling. Tried, in desperation for Cornwall. Told not found and to check spelling. Read first comment about not all areas covered. Totally agree that we should be told what is not available before searching.. A waste of my time.

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  • Richard Mason

    Not very helpful as it does not contain a large scale map for Kew!

  • Ed Thomas

    What would be really useful is a facility to ‘layer’ a map from around the time of the VO survey onto the current OS Landranger map. Thus you could toggle between the OS map and the historical map. This would be especially useful if the road, buildings, etc you are interested in shows up on a historical map but has since been demolished or dramatically changed, and therefore does not appear on the OS map.

  • John

    most useful

  • Tim

    It would be great if it allowed you to go down to street level and search by Street Name.

    What I am actually after is the following:
    http://maps.nls.uk/os/view/?sid=74400900#sid=74400900&zoom=2&lat=5345.5&lon=7560&layers=BT

    Which can then be ordered digitally but nothing similar exists for England and Wales and someone suggested this site. However it doesn’t do what I am after because I am after something different to this sites purpose.

  • Chris French

    Having researched the Surbiton area using the old system of locating the IR valuation maps and records, it was great to find this new system in place when I wanted to research the Teddington area. I swiftly located the relevant map and ordered it on line expecting it to conform to what is stated in the guidelines: “The plans are printed Ordnance Survey map sheets, annotated by hand with plot numbers which act as a means of reference to the field books.” The map I received, however, was only annotated for the small Kingston area north of the Thames and was a straightforward 1898 OS map of Teddington. The copies of the Surbiton maps which I had had photocopied at TNA a few years ago were “partially revised in 1911 for Inland Revenue purposes” and were fully annotated. Have I misunderstood something here? The ref for the Teddington map is IR 121/18/9 but where is the annotation? Is there another map requiring a visit to TNA? I had hoped to identify the Field Books I needed to look at from the ordered map but cannot. Has this been raised before? Have I missed something which is obvious?

    The National Archives reply:

    Chris, the annotations on an individual Valuation Office map sheet normally relate to a single district. The most common reason for only part of the map being annotated is that a district boundary ran through the area covered by the printed map sheet. The annotations for the district on the other side of the boundary would have been marked on a separate printed map, which may or may not have been exactly the same sheet number or edition.

    In this particular area, there is quite a lot of overlap between Middlesex map sheets and the Surrey map sheets. As Teddington lies just on the Middlesex side of the county boundary, we would suggest trying IR 121/18/36 (for sheet Middlesex XXV 3) or IR 121/18/37 (for sheet Middlesex 25 4).

    The printing dates and editions of the maps vary considerably. Some of them were specially produced for the purposes of the survey but many were simply ordinary Ordnance Survey maps, and were quite often printed before 1900.

    We hope this helps you with your research. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • Chris French

    Thanks for the swift reply which is helpful. I have come across the question of overlap between Middlesex and Surrey before when using other map finding websites. I note that on your map finder resource, on some maps, when the reference appears, there is a note that alternative maps are available, so I wonder why this does not apply in this instance. In this particular case it looks as if the map I need is IR 121/18/37 (Middlesex 25 4) as it covers the part of Teddington I am researching, but it took many attempts before this reference appeared on the map instead of IR 121/18/9 (Surrey 6 11). IR 121/18/36 also covers Teddington but does not include the particular area I want. Thanks again for your advice.

  • Kerry Johnson

    As a researcher of public rights of way, the Finance Act records are very useful. Historically it has taken a fair bit of time to obtain correct references from searching the catalogue. This valuable tool cuts my search time significantly. Absolutely marvellous. Thanks

  • Julie

    I have been trying for ages to get to the map that I want but after seeing the initial map that covers my area no blue rectangles or references appear. Please help!

    The National Archives reply:

    Julie, we are sorry the Valuation Office Map Finder stopped working last week. This was due to a change in the Ordnance Survey’s online mapping service which we use in the map finder to create the backdrop to the blue grids. We have found a solution and the map finder should be working fine again now. You may need to refresh your browser (clear cache or close and re-open) for the fix to take effect. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

  • norman taylor

    couldn`t find anything i was searching for

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for your feedback Norman – please can you provide any details of your search so we can investigate further?

  • philip

    Fine if you want to look across a wide area East to West, the map expands, but not North South. (Change zoom to 50% to see what I mean)

  • Tony

    How do you relate the IR numbers to the OS 25inch 1910 map squares?

  • Michael Langtree

    Like others I find this a very useful resource. An improvement would be to have arrows to move to adjacent map squares. This would be particularly helpful in rural areas where the nearest listed village is not always obvious, and in large settlements where the whole town or city is not displayed on screen.

  • Rosie

    If I choose a map square and get a message “None at 1:2500″, does that mean there is no map, or there are no records for that area?

  • Karen Jones

    Cannot get it to work

    The National Archives reply:

    Thanks for getting in touch. Can you explain more about what you were doing so that we can try to solve this for you

  • Elizabeth Bulpitt

    I searched for Picadilly, London. No results so I tried Westminster. Sucess, but not able to increase the scale of the map. Why?

    The National Archives reply:

    Thank you for getting in touch. While it is possible to zoom into any area on the map, or to enter a place search term and find a place that way, the map itself is already at full size on the page.

  • Karen Jones

    This is always crashing – when it works it is very useful.

    would really help if field book refs or at least valuation districts were shown for each map

    The National Archives reply:

    Thank you for your feedback – we’ve passed your message to the team

  • Liz Akenhead

    Previous times I’ve used the valuation office map finder it’s been brilliant, but this time all I can seem to get is the modern OS map, with no apparent means of getting the val office map grid: nothing comes up when I click on the map

  • Sue Harvey

    Last Thursday we had a talk about the Valuation Office maps and Field Books at our Family History Society. Was looking forward to looking at information about where my grandparents lived (am coming to Kew tomorrow) but cannot get any reference for their location – or in fact any other Hampshire place that I enter, although I can get references in other counties. Does this mean that Hampshire maps are not available?

    Ruth Crumey (admin) reply:

    Thanks for using Labs and contacting us. All the surviving maps are here but unfortunately a number of maps were destroyed (by enemy action) during the Second World War.

    You can read more about the Valuation Office maps at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/valuation-office-records.htm.

  • C.Cook

    It would be wonderful if this service could be extended to give the references for all the maps, plans that you hold on a place.

  • JL

    That was pointless. Assuming they just need a fundraiser

  • John Saville

    I’m in the camp of “cannot get it to work
    .
    I can find the area from the search box but when I click on the square nothing happens

    I have tried this from 2 laptops with come and ended 8 operating systems and an android tablet with at least 4 different browsers.

    As a former IT Director who currently develops a number of websites for local community activities I find this particularly frustrating.

    It is clear from the blogs over the past few years that there have been a number of issues.

    It seems to me that an alternative way of trusting maps should be made available if the underlying methodology is not robust.

    John-saville@ntlworld.com

    Ruth Crumey (admin) reply:

    Thank you for your comments but we’re sorry you’re having difficulty. Could you let us know precisely which square/geographical area you are searcing so that we can investigate what is going wrong?

  • John Saville

    Using the framework of your questions:

    Do you find this tool useful?
    Up to a point if it worked completely.

    How would you use it for your research?
    I am working on a Village project commemorating all those who served in WWI. The maps help me to interpret the 1910 valuation books and 1901/11 censuses to precise addresses.

    How do you think it could be improved?
    There are some error conditions that need fixing.

    Specifically I click on the square I want and there is no response. All the 8 surrounding squares give a response, in all but one giving a map reference.
    Is there a reason why a square would not give a response, either a “not available” or an error message.

  • Peter Kitchener

    One of the most frustrating web sites I’ve ever used. Obviously the same problems have been occuring for years and still not fixed; eg clicking on the “get started” box and still nothing happens. (Yes, I have the current version of Java enabled)

    Within “search our website” I entered the NA reference for a document, which it failed to find.

    So much useful information, so difficult to access; it’s like a reference book without an index!

    Ruth Crumey (admin) reply:

    Thank you for your comments but we’re sorry you’re having difficulty. I checked with the development team and this might not be a problem with the Valuation Office Finder itself; the ‘Get started’ button is on the previous landing page. When clicked it opens up a new window as a pop-up – if you have pop-ups disabled then yes, nothing will happen. So you sshould allow pop-ups for:

    http://labs.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

    Otherwise the ‘Search our website’ box could refer to the main website default search (top right), and not Labs at all. If so, you would need to change the selection to ‘Search our records’ in order to look for a reference ‘NA’. Note however that this lettercode doesn’t exist in our catalogue. And in this case perhaps you should be searching the catalogues of other archives in Access2Archives – http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/

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